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Sheriff: Arroyo Grande men found on boat died of carbon monoxide poisoning

Posted at 11:16 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 14:16:33-04

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says two men whose bodies were found on a boat off the coast of Santa Barbara in June died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gary Bishop, 53, and Christopher Avila, 49, both of Arroyo Grande were found dead on Bishop's boat on Sunday, June 30, about 20 miles southwest of the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Sheriff's officials say the two friends were transporting the boat from the Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura to Port San Luis Obispo. When family members lost contact with the men, they reported to the Coast Guard that the two may be missing.

Sheriff's officials say the deaths were accidental.